2. Rationale for Technology Integration
• Language arts is just reading and
writing, right? Wrong. Technology is vital in
deepening students’ interest and
understanding of figurative language. We
can use technology to strengthen our
speaking and listening skills, to research
and communicate with experts on the
subject, and to participate in interactive
learning experiences through the media.
• This presentation will show you how
teachers can integrate
blogs, podcasts, videos, music
clips, apps, SMART Board activities, and
interactive websites into in their
classrooms to collaborate with students
and develop twenty-first century learning
3. Internet Content
• All websites used in this presentation have
proven to be reliable sources of information
related to teaching and learning figurative
• Clicking on graphics will direct you to the
original site and links are cited in the notes
Beth Cregan is a teacher and founded the company, Write Away with
Me. Her blog and website emphasize her company’s goal of
encouraging writing, storytelling, and literacy. She presents workshops
for parents, teachers, and students on how to develop these skills!
• This podcast by The Uncommon School focuses on
literal and figurative language and its importance
especially in literature.
• Teachers can play pieces of this podcast in class and
give the link to students and families to listen to at
• Students can listen to this podcast on headphones or
on their own time to reiterate the basics of literal and
Click the microphone to
listen to the Podcast!
9. Internet Resources
• Modern Language Association
The MLA is the principal professional association in the US
for scholars of language and literature. The association
publishes the MLA Handbook and MLA Style Manual and is a
wonderful resource for English/Language Arts students.
• International Reading Association
The IRA was founded in 1956 to improve reading
instruction. The association is a reliable resource for
educators as they publish newletters, e-books, and journals to
facilitate the dialogue of reading.
• Figurative Language
FigurativeLanguage.net provides teachers and students
with lengthier definitions of
alliteration, hyperbole, imagery, irony, metaphor, onomatopoe
ia, oxymoron, personification, and simile.
11. Teaching Materials
• This worksheet helps
student grasp the
concept of alliteration
and brainstorm their
own! They write a letter
in the circle, and then
brainstorm words that
begin with that letter in
the surrounding boxes.
• Click on the worksheet
to link to the site!
12. There’s an app for that!
• Click the
• Student plays
• Aligned to CCSS
Click here for the Teacher’s Guide!
The app was designed by Danielle Kavanagh, who graduated from Arizona State
University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. She is piloting an
iClassroom, where each student has an iPad—blending technology with daily
13. There’s another app for that!
• Click on the
picture to link
to the App
• Kidioms is an
to idioms for
Click here to learn more about this app!
14. SMART Board Activity
Click on the game board to link to the SMART Exchange website!
Teachers can use this game to teach their students about
onomatopoeia. The interactive design allows students to
see, hear, and participate in the lesson. The game encourages
competition, but also choice, and incorporates songs and poems!
15. Figurative Language Awards!
• This lesson is described in detail at the
readwritethink site by clicking on the
bookmark to the left.
• Students are divided into groups of
three and will choose to read books
from the suggested book list.
• In groups, students will fill in the
bookmark with their “nominations”
for the following awards:
• Best Simile
• Best Metaphor
• Best Personification
• Students vote and groups prepare an
acceptance speech for their Figurative
16. Subject-specific Internet-based Resources
• Reading and Language Arts Ideas for Elementary
Teachers is a resource for teachers with links to
games, activities, worksheets, and lessons.
• For this unit, the site links to Fun Brain and we can use
the Paint by Idioms game for our figurative language
unit! Students can select a topic and level of difficulty
to perfect their skills working with idioms.
17. Uses of the Internet:
Online Books Sites
Bartleby.com can be
used by teachers and
students to access
poems for use in the
classroom. Students can
research poets and study
their use of figurative
language to be
presented in a research
Click the screenshot to
link to the site!
18. Uses of the Internet:
Online Books Sites
• The Online Books Page is a
search engine for e-books!
• Students and teachers can
use the database to search
for books to use in lessons.
• For this unit, students can
search books from the
suggested book list in the
Figurative Language Awards
activity, such as Peter Rabbit!
19. Uses of the Internet:
Primary Games offers
educational games and
activities for children and
also has links to other
interactive websites such
as this Children’s
Storybooks Online where
students can read and
listen to e-books for
examples of figurative
20. Web 2.0
• Poetic Terms Jeopardy
– Students can play against
themselves or a partner
– Serves as formative
assessment for figurative
language and poetic devices
21. Web 2.0
• This website can be used
as a collaboration for
teachers to create and
store documents for
• Quizinator can be used
to create worksheets
that students can easily
access and download!
22. Web 2.0
• Teachers and students can
use this site to collaborate
both inside and outside the
• Like twitter for education!
• Students can
Source of Image: http://clipboards.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/pencils-1.jpg
Students can access her blog to check out other students’ creative writing and become inspired themselves. Teachers can access her blog for lesson ideas and writing workshops for students!Source: http://www.writeawaywithme.com/
Pinterest can serve as a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for teachers and students. By simply searching “figurative language,” we are given thousands of “pins” on the topic that link to the original sites. Students can use Pinterest for projects and homework help, and teachers can use Pinterest for lesson ideas and bulletin board inspiration!Source: http://pinterest.com/search/boards/?q=figurative+language
Podcast by: The Uncommon School https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-uncommon-school/id532805566
This video can be used in the classroom to connect technology to the curriculum. This rap video includes the lyrics so that students have a visual to go along with the song while they are learning it. YouTube also has many parodies of the Figurative Language of students singing along to their own video. Students and teachers could work together in their own classrooms to make a parody of the Figurative Language rap, too! Source: http://www.schooltube.com/video/9e8b2acfc34e0ce465a3/figurative-language
This video was created by a teacher and clips of it can be used in a fifth grade lesson on similes and metaphors. This is an important technology connection because students are able to see that similes and metaphors are used in film and songs as well as books. The video makes real life connections with examples in current pop culture, which students will love!
This KWL chart was created on Kidspiration. The graphic organizer could be used at the introduction of the unit to see what students already know about figurative language. This serves as the basis for students’ prior knowledge. The W column allows students to think critically and ask questions about parts of figurative language they are unsure about. The L column can serve as a formative assessment and lets students organize what they have learned and what they might still need to work on in regards to figurative language. Students can use the visual organizer to separate their thinking, and the interactive piece on Kidspiration to strengthen their twenty-first century technology skills. They can put visual cues alongside their thoughts, or elaborate with the writing tool.
Sources:Get the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/figurative-language/id501657447?mt=8Teacher’s Guide: http://eskillslearning.net/uploads/minimod%20Figurative%20Language%20Guide.pdf
Sources:More info from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kidioms/id475844040?mt=8More info from the publisher’s site: http://www.venturaes.com/index_new.asp?http://www.venturaes.com/ipadapps/kidioms.html
Suggested book list from: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson115/Suggested_Books_with_Figurative_Language.pdfLink to The Tale of Peter Rabbit e-book: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/4/3/0/14304/14304-h/14304-h.htm
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